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The tilted scale, the high cost of injustice

What if we didn’t incarcerate people who commit non-violent crimes? Or, if we sentenced them, what if their sentences were reasonable, instead of intolerable?

A Mississippi Freedom Summer pilgrimage

There is a photograph of a back road near Philadelphia, Mississippi, that was the final stop on our step-by-step journey through the final tragic day of Freedom Summer volunteers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. Our guide was Leroy ...

Freedom Summer: Violence and nonviolence

Fifty years ago this Monday, in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement’s Mississippi Freedom Summer project and a month after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a federal search party confirmed the grim belief that had coursed ...

Freedom Summer: Violence and nonviolence

Fifty years ago this Monday, in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement’s Mississippi Freedom Summer project and a month after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a federal search party confirmed the grim belief that had coursed ...

Legislative action begins with us

The Dallas Examiner has been trying to determine why many Blacks are not voting.

A victory for affirmative action

Almost lost among the news last week about the war in the Middle East and a war of another kind in Washington between Republicans and President Obama was a bit of good news:

The Golden Times: What happened?

As I have gotten older, I have begun to appreciate music from the 70’s. I have become a fan of Maze and Frankie Beverly.

U.S. foreign policy led to the border crisis

I have been increasingly concerned by the near hysteria in connection with the Central American immigrant children who have attempted to enter the USA, fleeing from poverty, crime and violence.

Flashes of déjà vu: Have I not seen these people before?

For much of this month I was experiencing flashes of déjà vu.

Breaking the chains: Learning to turn it up so you can turn it down

Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York is in the news again, this time allegedly for officers brutalizing inmates. I did time at Rikers Island. No, not as an inmate, thank God, but as an employee. It’s another world behind ...

The border of responsibility: Should we be taking care of immigrants?

Every year, the United States deports 400,000 immigrants who entered Texas illegally. Recently, the number of immigrants entering illegally has increased dramatically, with the majority of them being children traveling unaccompanied by an adult.

Republicans’ selective memory on executive orders

To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, arguably the most overrated U.S. president in history, there they go again.

A family-friendly workplace is a basic need

As president, my top priority is rebuilding an economy where everybody who works hard has the chance to get ahead.

Black Press: The voice of Black America

Former U.S. Rep. Parren Mitchell, D-Md., once told me, “It is long overdue for Black Americans to understand the urgent and ongoing necessity to defend and to support Black-owned businesses in the United States.”

Turn it around: A challenge for the hip-hop generation

Lately, hip-hop news has been fueled with beef and rants of all kinds.